O'Brien, Emma (2010) Does an Organisational culture affect the occurrence of bullying? Undergraduate thesis, National College of Ireland.
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This dissertation reports the findings from interviews with employees carried out within the author’s organisation. The question presented in the study surrounded the question of can the culture of an organisation effect the occurrence of bullying?
One of the main findings from the study was that company culture within the author’s organisation in the eyes of the employees is that of a friendly, open culture. The employees interviewed believed that the culture was one of dignity and respect and all behaviours that were not acceptable are very clear within the organisation.
Each respondent expressed their own individual views on why bullying can occur in organisations and some of these opinions varied. The interviewees believed each individual have their own personality. Some personalities may be more abrupt that others. They may attempt to push the boundaries in the workplace through bullying behaviour. But this is not with the organisation’s blessing. An organisation will stop bullying through its culture.
What was of particular interest throughout the interviews was the general consensus that the personality traits of both the victim and the bully may begin the occurrence of bullying. However, if the organisation impedes bullying from occurring and makes it explicit, then bullying will not prevail.
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